ECCAS: 17th Summit Of Heads Of State And Heads Of Government Holds Via Video Conference
The 17th ordinary summit of Heads of State and Heads of Government of the Economic Community of Central African States – ECCAS is taking place this Thursday, July 30, 2020.
The high point of the summit is the election of a new president of the ECCAS commission as well as a vice president and 5 commissioners.
Holding via videoconferencing four speeches marked the opening ceremony of the summit of ECCAS leaders.
*Outgoing ECCAS Secretary General*
The outgoing Secretary General of the organisation, Ahmed Al Ammi in the first speech highlighted the health and security challenges in the subregion. He however, sounded hopeful that the revised ECCAS treaty will make the organisation better equipped to address such problems efficiently.
*Representative Of The UN Secretary General*
The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General and Head of the UN regional office in Central Africa Francois, Lounceny Fall, saluted the engagement of Heads of State of ECCAS and promised to support the efforts towards regional integration.
*The African Union Commission*
The Chairman of The African Union Commission, Moussa Fakir Mahamat, said the modernisation process in ECCAS will be the solution to the disturbing situation which has left the subregion with the biggest potential the last in terms of regional integration.
*Tribute to Former Burundian President*
The current President of ECCAS, Gabonese President Ali Bongo Odimba, requested a minute of silence in honour of the late Burundi President, Pierre Nkuruziza, before officially opening the session. He invited ECCAS Heads of State to always seek consensus in matters which affect integration in the region.
Deliberations at the 17th ordinary session of the summit of Heads of States and Heads of Government of ECCAS are geared towards the implementation of widespread reforms adopted by the organisation particularly, we a the election of a new President of the ECCAS Commission who will replace the secretary general.
A new vice president of the organisation and 5 commissioners will also be elected to complete the team.
*The Cameroon Delegation*
Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute, attended the session from his office, represented the Head of State, Paul Biya at the summit. Also in attendance are the minister of external relations Mbella Mbella, the Minister of Finance, Louis Paul Motaze, the Minister of the Economy, Planning and Regional Development, Alamine Ousmane Mey and the Director of Cabinet at the PM’s office, Balungeli Confiance Ebune.
The current summit attended by all 11 member states is the first in 37 years of existence that has seen Heads of State and Heads of Government of the ECCAS bloc meeting via videoconferencing.
There is an aura of hope around the meeting that all member states which have not yet ratified the revised ECCAS treaty will do so and usher a new era of modernity in the organisation.